Photonics technology is uniquely powerful in sensor applications. Highly sensitive measurements of exquisite precision can be made with minimal disturbance. The collaborators have exceptional expertise in the engineering and technology needed for making ultra-fine measurements. This can be very fine position and strain measurement such as in gravity wave detection or measurements with high chemical specificity in the environmental project team. Areas of particular promise that match well to our expertise and market opportunities are:
Atom and quantum optic sensors for quantum-limited detection of acceleration, magnetic fields, remote and faint targets and including encryption applications with particular opportunities in atom chips.
Environmental Science & Technology sensing the behaviour of molecules and particles essential for process optimisation to reduce undesirable emissions and aid the monitoring and understanding of the natural environment.